Wilpattu is a vast swathe of land stretching border of the Northern Province, about 170 km. north from Colombo capital. It can be reached by vehicles. about 3 1/2 hr. direct travel. Wilpattu National Park is the largest national park […]
Wilpattu is a vast swathe of land stretching border of the Northern Province, about 170 km. north from Colombo capital. It can be reached by vehicles. about 3 1/2 hr. direct travel. Wilpattu National Park is the largest national park in Sri Lanka and was one of the most popular until the onset of the civil war. At the end of that civil war, Wilpattu Nationapark fully reopened in 2009. Wilpattu is slowly recapturing some of its former glory, although the overall density of wildlife remains lower than in parks such as Yala, Uda Walawe and Minneriya. The park is best known for its leopards and sloth bears after Yala, Wilpattu is probably the best place to go scouting for both of these elusive species while there are also elephants, spotted deer and sambar, water buffalo, mongooses, crocodiles and many types of bird. The lack of visitors and the size of the area open to tourists (around eight times larger than that at Yala, for instance) means that it’s also supremely peaceful compared to many other parks. An unusual feature of Wilpattu’s topography are its numerous villus (aquatic wild grass). These look like lakes, though they’re actually just depressions filled with rainwater which expand and contract with the seasons, attracting a range of water birds and wildlife.
Main entrance from Puttlama to Anuradapura road and if doing a full day safari you can extend the game drive up to northwest coastal part of the national park which is the ruins ancient historical monuments.Share this tour
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